Lorraine Hansberry


Born
in Chicago, The United States
May 19, 1930

Died
January 12, 1965

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Lorraine Vivian Hansberry was an American playwright and writer. Hansberry inspired Nina Simone's song "To Be Young, Gifted and Black".

She was the first black woman to write a play performed on Broadway. Her best known work, the play "A Raisin in the Sun," highlights the lives of Black Americans living under racial segregation in Chicago. Hansberry's family had struggled against segregation, challenging a restrictive covenant and eventually provoking the Supreme Court case Hansberry v. Lee. The title of the play was taken from the poem "Harlem" by Langston Hughes: "What happens to a dream deferred? Does it dry up like a raisin in the sun?"

After she moved to New York City, Hansberry worked at the Pan-Africanist newspaper Freedom, where she d
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A Raisin in the Sun

3.75 avg rating — 56,213 ratings — published 1959 — 62 editions
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A Raisin in the Sun and The...

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A Raisin in the Sun: The Un...

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Les Blancs: The Collected L...

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The Sign In Sidney Brustein...

3.61 avg rating — 95 ratings — published 1965 — 6 editions
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Les Blancs

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The Movement: Documentary o...

4.59 avg rating — 17 ratings — published 1964 — 2 editions
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What Use are Flowers?

3.92 avg rating — 12 ratings — published 1969
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